Viv Albertine and Musa Okwonga discuss life-writing in all its forms with Dr Patrick Hayes.
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What is at stake in life-writing, and why has it become such an important part of the cultural landscape? Join us for a discussion between Viv Albertine, Musa Okwonga and Patrick Hayes as they explore the most personal kinds of writing – from autobiography and autofiction, to diaries and social media posts – to investigate how we make ourselves through words.
Songwriter and musician Viv Albertine was the guitarist in cult female punk band The Slits. Viv was a key player in British counter-culture before her career in TV and film directing. Her first solo album The Vermilion Border was released in 2012, and her memoir Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys was a Sunday Times Book of the Year in 2014 as well as being shortlisted for the National Book Awards. The long-awaited follow-up To Throw Away Unopened was published in 2019.
Musa Okwonga is a writer, broadcaster and musician. The co-host of the stadio.football podcast, he has published one collection of poetry and three books about football, the first of which, A Cultured Left Foot, was nominated for the 2008 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. Musa’s work has appeared in various outlets, including Africa Is a Country, The Byline Times, Guardian, The New York Times, The Economist and The Ringer. He lives in Berlin.
Dr Patrick Hayes is the author of J.M. Coetzee and the Novel, Philip Roth: Fiction and Power, and Beyond the Ancient Quarrel – a collection of essays by contemporary philosophers and literary critics. Patrick’s most recent book is The Oxford History of Life-Writing: Postwar to Contemporary, 1945–2020. He is Associate Professor and Tutorial Fellow at St John’s College, Oxford.
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